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Three Port Best of Alaska Adventure Package

Juneau Whale Watching Cruise This is a great opportunity to see humpback whales, orca whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, bald eagles and more. Skagway Helicopter Glacier Discovery Leave all traces of civilization behind and experience the infinite beauty of Alaska\'s remote glaciers. Lift off from the historic Skagway waterfront and head into a rugged region of sheer mountains, majestic valleys and massive glaciers. Jagged peaks towering over the Chilkat Glacier, cascading waterfalls, surrounding the Ferebee Glacier, or the spectacular river of ice known as the Meade Glacier, may be among the wonders you encounter. Flight routes and landing zones are selected daily to ensure that you receive the best that the area has to offer. Ketchikan Misty Fjords Flightseeing The Spectacular Misty Fjords Tour is a must-see flightseeing experience that will provide a lifetime of memories.

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Ketchikan Alaska Bear Adventure

Experience the thrill of taking off from the Ketchikan waterfront by floatplane with a veteran Alaska bush pilot, on this unique wildlife expedition only available to a small number of visitors. Your pilot will guide you to a remote site in the Tongass National Forest noted for its salmon rich streams and abundant wildlife. Depending on weather conditions the day of the tour, your pilot will either take you to Polk Inlet, located on Prince of Wales Island or Traitor's Cove on Revillagigiedo Island. A 20-minute flight takes you by historic homesteads and over the sparkling waters of Alaska's fabled Inside Passage. View an unfolding landscape of forested mountains and pristine lakes on your way to our choice remote location. Few forest locations in North America offer the wildlife viewing opportunities found here! Upon landing you will be met by an Alaskan naturalist, and driven approximately one mile by van, along a forest road, to a trailhead. A pleasant and short hike (approximately 1/4 mile each way) along an improved gravel trail leads to a viewing platform overlooking a beautiful salmon spawning stream. Along the way, your guide will identify the variety of vegetation that flourishes in this rich rain-forest environment. From the viewing platform, you will look down on stunning rapids as the fast flowing creek cascades towards the sea and the large numbers of salmon in the stream congregate to complete their spawning journey. This is where black bear gather to feed on runs of pink, Coho, and Chum salmon, as they head upstream to spawn. Bald eagles perch in the surrounding trees waiting for fish scraps left by the bears. In addition, a variety of birds, Sitka black-tailed deer, mink and marten frequent the area. Approximately 50 - 60 minutes is allowed to observe the wildlife activity in this forest ecosystem before the hike back to the van and the short drive to your awaiting aircraft. Interpretation by your pilot and guide will enhance this truly intimate natural experience, perfect for the nature lover and photographer. PLEASE NOTE: Weather could alter flight routes for safety and quality assurance. Wildlife sightings are frequent, however they cannot be guaranteed.

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Ketchikan Adventure Kart Expedition

Sit back, strap yourself in, and hit the accelerator for the off-road adventure Kart Expedition of a lifetime! Mountain trails through a timber harvested area offer the perfect venue for off-road challenges. Learn about the history, culture and economy of Ketchikan as you are transported by motor coach to this rainforest wilderness. Experience the rugged Alaskan wilderness from the driver's seat of a specially designed off-road adventure kart. At the Adventure Kart base camp, you will receive a safety briefing and gear up in preparation for the exciting, one-and-a-half-hour guided trek. Your caravan of karts sets out to explore the remote backcountry along several miles of improved forest trail, with your guide in the lead ATV. Feel the rush of adrenaline at the start of your journey as you navigate an obstacle course in a custom designed Tomcar that tests your ability to traverse through the remaining wilderness. A comfortable pace is maintained as you thread your way around steep curves, climbing to reveal unparalleled views of the Tongass National Forest, Behm Canal and Alaska’s fabled Inside Passage. Stops are made along the way to soak up the grandeur and beauty of this lush land. After enjoying a snack and beverage, drivers and passengers will have the opportunity to switch positions for the return trip. Be prepared to watch for wildlife along the way where eagles, deer or bears are frequently sighted.

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Ketchikan Rainforest Sanctuary, Raptor Center and Totems

A delightful eight-mile coastal drive takes you to the exclusive Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, a private reserve located in the forested mountains at rustic Herring Cove. This pristine natural environment is home to bald eagles, black bears, seals, a variety of birds and other species attracted by the major salmon runs in the abundant marine estuary. In addition to wildlife viewing opportunities, this tour enables you to see and photograph live eagles up close, interact with reindeer, and observe a master native totem pole carver at work. You will be greeted by your naturalist and guided along an improved trail through the heart of the dense forest, amongst tall stands of hemlock, spruce and Alaskan cedar. The forest floor is covered with mosses, wild flowers and a variety of berries. Stops will be made at strategically located viewing areas. Your guide will lead you to a protected open estuary, where you follow Eagle Creek along an elevated wooden boardwalk overlooking grassy wetlands. Major runs of salmon return to spawn here. Watch and listen to the symphony of bird activity in this spectacular setting. The walk lasts for approximately 60 minutes and covers almost one mile with stops. During the spawning season (usually late July to early September) bears and seals feed on salmon in Eagle Creek and the likelihood of viewing these fascinating animals is good. Bald eagles and other birds wait for scraps in the estuary. Sitka black tail deer, minks, marten and wolves also frequent the area. Seasonal ecosystem changes result in varying levels of wildlife activity. At the conclusion of the trail hike, you will have an opportunity to interact with and feed Alaskan reindeer, and see bald eagles up close at the Alaska Wildlife Foundation center as a raptor specialist explains the heritage and habitat of America’s national symbol. Following these great photographic opportunities, you will be guided through the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill, established by legendary pioneer Ben Fleenor. Observe a master native totem pole carver at work and receive a sample of aromatic local Alaskan cedar. Explore the interpretive displays and enjoy complimentary refreshments while browsing in the General Store

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Saxman Native Village and Ketchikan City Tour

This quick two-hour guided tour includes sights in the Ketchikan area, photo stops, and time at Saxman Native Village. Enjoy the city tour aboard a San Francisco-style trolley or motor coach. The views are outstanding as you travel past the rustic waterfront, boat harbors and the picturesque city park. You will stop near one of Ketchikan's private salmon canneries, where eagles are almost always in attendance. See a salmon ladder and watch salmon spring from the rushing water en route to the spawning grounds (late July through September). A stop will also be made for a brief introduction to a rainforest. At Saxman Native Village, you'll gaze and be amazed at the world's largest standing collection of totem poles. You will hear the legends and stories of these ancient and majestic totem poles, and learn how and why they were made. You will also make an exterior-only visit to the Clan House, where your guide will explain some of the many carved figures. You will then have a short amount of free time to visit the Village Store and Artists Co-op, where authentic arts and crafts are made by Saxman Natives. This tour does not include carving or native performances. Once back in town, a stop will be made at Historic Creek Street. This was Ketchikan's former busy red light district, and is now home to the world-famous Dolly's House Museum. Guests can choose to either end the tour here (approximately 10 minutes' walk from the cruise pier) or be returned to the pier. Your tour includes a ticket to Dolly's House Museum.

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Ketchikan Misty Fjords Flightseeing

The Misty Fjords National Monument has been carved to impressive perfection by millions of years of glacial activity. On this popular flightseeing tour, it will take you only the blink of an eye to appreciate nature's handiwork. The Misty Fjords National Monument is a 2.3-million acre piece of pristine wilderness that must be viewed by floatplane to truly take in its majesty: soaring cliffs, saw-tooth ridges blanketed in trademark mists, sky-blue lakes, endless waterfalls, icy saltwater fjords and miles of glacier-carved gorges. While you take in the enormity of the Misty Fjords National Monument from above, you will listen to information on the area, as well as appropriate music over your noise-reducing headphones. While taking you on the most scenic flight possible based on that day's weather conditions, your pilot will keep an eye open for wildlife below. While wildlife spotting is never guaranteed, keep scanning the scenery below, where you may see creatures big and small, from burly brown bears to agile mountain goats; from harbor seals to humpback whales. Depending on the visibility that day, your pilot usually tries to stay approximately 1000 feet above the scenery, offering you the best up-close view from a safe distance. Maximum altitude reached is approximately 4,000 feet above sea level. A water landing on a mountain lake for photos and reflection is included. The Spectacular Misty Fjords Tour is a must-see flightseeing experience that will provide a lifetime of memories. For safety reasons, talking to the pilot during the flight is not possible. Questions can be asked while at the lake landing and after the flight. Total flying time, including the water landing time, is approximately 1½ hours.

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Ketchikan Kayak Co.

Ketchikan Kayak Co. offers daily guided kayak tours in Clover Pass. This is an excellent area with several rainforest islands, about 15 miles north of town. We'll get you away from the masses as we paddle down Sea Star Alley, around Eagle Island, and Clover Island as well. Transportation from your cruise ship/hotel, and excellent gear is provided. After gearing up at our facility and a quick lesson, you'll board your kayak and your nature viewing will begin.

P.O. Box 5011 Ketchikan , AK , 907-225-1272

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Orcas Cove Sea Kayaking Adventure

Southeast Sea Kayaks is independent of the cruise lines because we don't think that kayaking is fun in large groups. Our trips are small and personal and we have trips to fit into every cruise ship stop in Ketchikan. We drive our van, captain our boats and guide our kayak trips because we love to share our passion for kayaking and Southeast Alaska. You don't have to be an expert, or even have paddled a kayak before to come on our guided trips.

1621 Tongass Avenue Ketchikan , 907-225-1258

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Reviews on Tours in Ketchikan Post a Review

Thanks for the recommendations cruiseportconnection. We loved our Alaska Tour. We book online and even saved money. Plus when we got on board the Tour that we wanted was already sold out. My advise to everyone is book your tours online before you get on board your next cruise as most of them get sold out month in advance

May 01, 2014

The Float Plane tour we took was incredible!

Jun 22, 2010

The great alaskan lumberjack show was really cool.

Jun 22, 2010
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Info on Ketchikan

Ketchikan is famous for its colorful totem poles, rainy skies, steep-as-San Francisco streets, and lush island setting. Some 14,000 people call the town home, and during the summer, cruise ships crowd the shoreline, floatplanes depart noisily for Misty Fiords National Monument, and salmon-laden commercial fishing boats motor through Tongass Narrows. In the last decade, Ketchikan's rowdy, blue-collar heritage of logging and fishing has been softened by the loss of many timber-industry jobs and the dramatic rise of cruise-ship tourism. With some effort, though, visitors can still glimpse the rugged frontier spirit that once permeated this hardscrabble cannery town.  The primary economy is based on timber harvesting, fishing, tourism.

 LOCATION: 

The town is situated at the foot of 3,000-foot Deer Mountain, near the southeast corner of Revillagigedo (locals shorten it to Revilla) Island, 680 air miles north of Seattle.  It is accessible only by boat or aircraft.  Prior to the arrival of white miners and fishermen in 1885, the Tlingit used the site, located at the mouth of Ketchikan Creek, as a summer fish camp. Gold discoveries just before the turn of the 20th century brought more immigrants, and valuable timber and commercial fishing resources spurred new industries. By the 1930s the town bragged it was the "salmon-canning capital of the world." You will still find some of the Southeast's best salmon fishing around here.

Ketchikan is in the heart of 17 million-acre Tongass National Forest, the largest in the United States.  This temperate rain forest is integral to the lifestyle of Southeast Alaska and is habitat for a rich abundance of plants, animal and birds.

THINGS TO DO


Totem Bight State Historical Park

With the world's largest collection of totem poles, these wood-carved creations portray colorful, intricate tales, often showing a family's history or depicting a local legend.  The Totem Heritage Center serves as the place where totem polses salvaged from deserted Tlingit communities are gathered and resotred to their original condition.  The collection totals over 30,the largest in Alaska.

Creek Street Boardwalk

With its historic cable car and quaint boutiques, Creek Street is Ketchikan's most famous and photographed section, as well as a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon. Creek Street is now a collection of historic homes, restaurants, museums, galleries and gift shops.  All popular stops along the boardwalk.

Misty Fjords National Monument

The monument is accessible by floatplane or boat from Ketchikan and provide the most breathtaking vantage point for an exploration of the majestic Misty Fjords National Monument.  The deep canals and inlets were carved by glaciers thousands of years ago.

GETTING AROUND

Municipal bus service operates seven days a week throughout the city limits and south of town.  The complimentary downtown bus shuttle runs May through September.    Taxis meet airport ferry and state ferry arrivals.  A water taxi service is available from the airport and most hotels offer shuttle vans to pick up passengers who call from the terminal.  Rental cars can be picked up at Ketchikan International airport and in town.

SHOPPING

As a major arts community, Ketchikan offers fine shops and galleries.  Alaska Native art includes carvings and masks; hand painted drums, weaving, ivory and jade.  Galleries feature Alaskan and international artistry.  There is no sales tax; local tax applies.  Most shops offer shipping.

DINING

Salmon, halibut, crab, shrimp, oysters and clams - often caught same day - are on the menus at local eateries.  Hearty steaks, pizza, fast foods and country-style breakfasts are also served.  Ethnic fare ranges from Mexican and Thai to local favorites introduced by immigrants from the Philippines.

INFORMATION

Ketchikan's Visitors Bureau is located at 131 Front Street, downtown on the cruise ship dock.  Telephone 907-225-6166

The Post Office is located on Tongass Avenue near the State Ferry terminal

ATM machine located at First Bank, 331 Doct St. & Tongass Avenue.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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